BILL AND DEANA HILLS, who live in Friendship Manor retirement complex in Salt Lake City, say they can't wait to get the Deseret News each day so they can find out what is happening in the world and locally.
Hills, who will be 89 in July, said he has always depended upon the daily newspaper for getting "the news. And that hasn't changed with the advent of radio or television."When I want to learn everything I can about a story, I depend upon the newspaper because it really tells what happened or what is going on. Television news is certainly not in-depth reporting because most TV news stories only hit the highlights and you seldom get but a few stories on any television news show."
Hills and his wife both worked for newspapers, in both the news and advertising departments, and they say they understand and appreciate what reporters, photographers, printers and the advertising and circulation departments go through to bring people a finished newspaper.
"Newspapers are getting better looking all the time," Hills said. "There are more pictures and better layout than in papers 50 or even 25 years ago. I get the Deseret News every day and give my wife everything but the front page. I like to read it first.
"The editorial pages are fun to read, too, especially the letters to the editor. After Deana reads one section she gives it to me and I trade her what I was reading. We really enjoy the paper and spend a lot of time reading it."
Deana Hills, 88, said she reads the paper from front to back. "I don't want to miss anything. When we hear the thump of the paper at our front door we go out and get it right away."
Their grandson, Kurt Hills, of Farmington, and his wife, Elaine, are also Deseret News subscribers. Elaine said she reads the front page of the Deseret News first and then goes to other sections. Her favorites, beside local news, are the entertainment section and the want ads.
"It's fun to shop in the Deseret News," she said.
Kurt Hills said he usually reads the world news first, then local news, sports and the entertainment section.
"I feel I have to have a newspaper. I'd be lost without the Deseret News. I don't read a morning paper because I'm anxious to get to work and both Elaine and I have jobs and we have a boy, Andrew, 2, who goes to nursery school through the week.
"When I get home in the evening, I like to unwind with the Deseret News - and Andrew likes the comics and loves for us to read them to him. He's a Deseret News fan, too."